School Funding for Jeffco

School Funding for Jeffco
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Jeffco Public Schools will be asking voters for
additional school funding this November. Here's how it could affect our schools:

If voters pass a BOND ($567M to address capital improvement needs):

  • Every school would benefit.
    • 60% of funds would support improvements to classrooms, safety/security, career/technical education, and early childhood education
    • 20% would be reinvested in established schools, including many additions/major renovations
    • 10% would address needs in growth areas
    • 10% would be passed through to charter schools
    • Taxpayer cost: $1.81/month for every $100K of home value
  • Our school buildings' average age is now 50 years old
  • Jeffco has $1.3 billion in construction and maintenance needs, and the last time a major bond for facilities passed was in 2004

How might Wheat Ridge HS school be improved if additional funding passes? See this document for details.

If voters pass a MILL LEVY increase ($33M to supplement annual operations):

  • 50% of funds would support our ability to compete with neighboring school districts to hire and retain great teachers and staff at all schools
  • 20% for school safety & security and increased mental health support
  • 10% to expand career/technical education and STEM options for students
  • 10% to improve classroom materials and technology
  • 10% expand full-day early childhood education
  • Taxpayer cost: $2.10/month per $100k home value

 Additionally, a statewide school funding measure, Amendment 73, will be on the November ballot. If it passes, all schools in Colorado would receive significantly more funding from increased taxes on corporations and residents making more than $150,000 annually. This would move Colorado near (but not quite at) the national average of per-student funding. This will also result in a 0.2% reduction in residential property tax rates.

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